COVID-19 Info from OSB, Courts, Agencies and Resources for Lawyers

Oregon State Bar Notices

  • New Information

    COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

    In response to the growing calls for legal help during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working with our legal community partners to address those needs. While some projects are still in development, others are ready for volunteers. If you would like to help, please take few minutes to complete our special COVID-19 volunteer opportunities form. Please note that it may take a while for you to hear back from programs that require more time to set up and train volunteers than others.

    Oregon State Bar

    We send regular updates on OSB and Oregon court operations directly to bar members via the Bar News e-newsletter. If you have previously unsubscribed, you can opt back in by changing your communications preferences under the profile tab of your online member dashboard.

    If you are looking for a previous President’s Message or other Bar News email, please check our archive.
  • OSB Center

    The OSB Center is closed to visitors and operating with reduced staff on site, with other staff working remotely. Although we are taking all steps possible to avoid business interruption, you may experience some delay or interruption due to reduced on-site staff. The best way to reach us will be through email. We appreciate your patience during this time.

  • CLE Seminars

    Participation at live events sponsored by the OSB CLE Seminars Department will be limited to webcasting (if available) until further notice.

    You can also check our events calendar see the status of bar events. If you have questions, please contact the OSB CLE Service Center at (503) 431-6413 or (800) 452-8260, ext. 413 for webcasting, on-demand, or CD/DVD options that may be available.

  • OSB Meetings & Events

    Groups can offer in-person attendance in accordance with the Events and Meetings Guidelines. If you have questions, please contact Danielle Edwards, Director of Member Services, at

  • Professional Liability Fund

    The PLF has several webinars and hundreds of free CLEs available on its Past CLE web page. Check the Upcoming CLE page for future events, to be held remotely via Zoom webinar.

    The PLF practice management attorneys are available to assist you by phone, email, or video chat.

    The PLF claims attorneys are available to talk with you by phone: (503) 639-6911.

    The Oregon Lawyers’ Conference Room is closed until further notice.
  • OAAP Recovery Groups

    The OAAP is open and seeing clients remotely by phone or video chat. You can reach the attorney counselors by phone or email.

    The OAAP is holding three weekly confidential recovery support groups via Zoom. For more information about the meetings, please contact attorney counselors Doug Querin, at (503) 226.1057, ext. 12, or at, or Bryan Welch, ext. 19, or at

  • Oregon Courts and Administrative Agencies Notices

  • New Information

    Chief Justice Issues New Mask and Vaccination Orders
    Chief Justice Martha Walters ordered CJO 2022-002 and CJO 2022-003 on March 9, relaxing facial covering and vaccination requirements for statewide courts. See her letter to OSB members for further detail and effective dates. Many judicial districts continue to have local orders in place. Lawyers and litigants should check local court sites for current requirements.

  • Oregon Courts and Chief Justice Orders/Messages

    Oregon Judicial Department Launches eFiling of Fee Waivers/Deferrals
    Beginning February 2, 2022, filers will be able to electronically submit fee waiver and deferral applications to Oregon’s circuit courts and the Oregon Tax Court. Click here for the Chief Justice’s Announcement, and here for a detailed guide to submitting electronically.
    Chief Justice Martha Walters has issued a new Chief Justice Order, CJO 21-058, effective immediately, which extends presiding judge authority to impose social distancing requirements in the public areas of the courthouse and supersedes CJO 21-050 (November 15, 2021). (12-22-21) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued CJO Order 21-056 on Dec. 15, affecting DUII diversion timelines. In short, the order continues all the current time extensions in DUII Diversions that are in place now, but extends all of them to 60 days after the state of emergency ends. Some were previously set to expire on December 31. You can find the full order here: (12-15-21) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued an order Sept. 6 requiring social distancing in all public areas of a court facility. See here for Justice Walter's letter to OSB members and CJO 21-035. (09-07-21) Chief Justice Martha Walters has issued a new order in the matter of extending statutory time periods and time requirements in forcible entry and detainer (FED) proceedings. Click here for the new Chief Justice Order. (8-19-21) Chief Justice Martha Walters has issued CJO 21-028, which reinstates mask requirements that were in place earlier this year. The order is effective Monday August 2, 2021. Additional information is available in an accompanying letter from the Chief Justice. (7-29-21)

    The Chief Justice has issued CJO 21-025, which updates directives related to court health and safety measures put in place due to COVID. (6-28-21)

    The Chief Justice has issued CJO 21-016, which sets out specific exceptions to the court's existing face coverings requirement. Additional information is available in the accompanying letter from the Chief Justice. (5-26-21)

    Chief Justice Martha Walters issues CJO 21-009 on Court Operations (3-12-21)

    A letter to OSB Members from Chief Justice Martha Walters. (3-12-21)

    Chief Justice Martha Walters has issued CJO 21-009 updating current operations and restrictions in place during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The order is effective Monday, March 15, 2021.

    Chief Justice Martha Walters has written a Letter to Oregon Bar Members (3/12/21), providing additional explanation and information on court operations during the continuing pandemic.

    A letter to OSB Members from Chief Justice Martha Walters. (12-18-20)

    Chief Justice Martha Walters has issued CJO No. 20-047, imposing in-person restrictions on court operations during the statewide “freeze.” (11-18-20)

    Chief Justice Order No. 20-045, regarding the use of protective face coverings in the Oregon state courts. (10-28-20)

    Message to OSB members from Chief Justice Martha Walters regarding the CJO 20-045 mentioned above. (10-30-20)

    Chief Judge Order No. 20-03 (Third Amended), regarding procedural changes in the Oregon Court of Appeals due to COVID-19. (10-29-20)

    Chief Justice Martha Walters has issued CJO No. 20-041, extending statutory time periods and time requirements in DUII diversions. (10-16-20)

    OJD has enhanced its Online Forms Center and updated court rules to permit the electronic submission of filings relating to certain types of restraining orders. The changes take effect on Sept. 1, 2020.

  • OJD memorandum (08-21-20)
  • CJO 20-031 (08-19-20)

  • Chief Justice Martha Walters has written a message to OSB members regarding the continuing impact of COVID-19 on court operations. (7/31/20)

    The Oregon Supreme Court has announced a public meeting on Tuesday, August 4, regarding the October 2020 remotely administered bar exam. (7/31/20)

    Chief Justice Martha Walters has issued three orders regarding court operations. (7/21/20)

  • CJO 20-027: Extending Statutory Time Periods and Time Requirements in Certain Tax Appeals
  • CJO 20-028: Directing or Permitting Appearances at Arraignment by Remote Means
  • CJO 20-029: Approving Out-of-Cycle Amendment of UTCR 21.090(4), facilitating e-filing of notarized documents
  • The Oregon Supreme Court has issued SCO 20-012, approving the process for admission to the OSB in 2020. (6-30-20)

    The Chief Justice has issued order, CJO 20-017, directing court closures on May 29, June 26 and July 17. (5/22/20)

    Chief Justice Martha Walters has issued an order on court operations, along with a summary of changes in the order and a message to OSB members. (5/15/20)

  • CJO 20-016
  • An informal summary of the changes in CJO 20-016
  • A message from the Chief to OSB members
  • The Chief Justice has written a letter to bar members regarding court operations during the pandemic. (4/20/20)

    Chief Justice Order, CJO 20-014, gives the OSB’s CEO authority to waive reinstatement fees for members who can establish that their suspensions occurred for good cause related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Reinstatement Fee Waiver Request Form can be found here.(4/15/20)

    Chief Justice Martha Walters issued two orders: CJO No. 20-012, requiring scheduling of habeas corpus hearings, and CJO No. 20-013, amending OSB rules for admission during the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier, she issued an amended CJO 20-006, which extends and modifies the original order issued on March 16. In addition, CJO 20-008 modifies the UTCR and expands e-signature authority, and CJO 20-010 authorizes suspension/waiver of collection fees. An OJD News Release summarizes the three CJO’s, and the Chief Justice has also asked us to share a new message to bar members. (4/10/20)

    The Oregon Supreme Court has issued new guidance on changes to procedures through a Chief Justice Order and a notice. (3/31/20)

    The Chief Justice issued an emergency order, CJO 20-009, amending the OSB Rules of Admission and Rules of Procedure. (3/27/20)

    Chief Justice message to OSB members (3/24/20)

    Chief Justice message to Legislature (3/24/20)

    Statement from Chief Justice. (3/24/20)

  • Other Oregon Courts and OJD Administrative Messages

    Oregon Court of Appeals

    Chief Judge Order 20-03 details procedural changes in the Court of Appeals due to COVID-19. (4/27/20)

    The court issued a Chief Judge Order on March 30, 2020.

    Oregon Judicial Department

    Oregon Judicial Department: OJD is offering webinars covering the UTCR amendments on filing trial exhibits electronically and declarations that are electronically signed by non-filers, along with general File & Serve functionality.

    Use the “Select Your Court” tab to see the latest news from individual courts on the OJD website.

    OJD has announced changes consistent with the Chief Justice Orders issued on Friday, March 27. In addition, the OJD File & Serve upgrade that was scheduled to occur on April 10 has been postponed.

    Other Oregon Courts: Check Local Websites for Complete Information

    Multnomah County Circuit Court

    U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

    Workers’ Compensation Board

    Office of Administrative Hearings

    Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board

    Message to attorneys from the Oregon Department of Corrections: As the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) brings back in-person professional visits for adults in custody, we want to clarify these visits will only occur in Facilities that do not have current, originating cases of COVID-19 – Tier 1 facilities only. Current information on tier status and definitions of each tier can be found on DOC's COVID-19 Response webpage and Tracking Tool. Other guidelines around professional visits are outlined here.

  • Resources for Lawyers

  • New Information

    Oregon Legal Information Updates

    First Special Session of 2020:

    The First Special Session of 2020 ran from June 24, 2020 through June 26, 2020. During the course of the session, the legislature passed bills addressing COVID-19, police accountability, forestry, residential and commercial evictions, the Indian Child Welfare Act, rural broadband, and many other issues. Included in the package were legislative concepts of particular interest to the bar such as the Chief Justice’s authority to extend deadlines, the extension of statutory deadlines, and remote online notarization. For a full list of bills, archived videos, and information on the joint special committee, please visit the Oregon Legislature’s website.

    Judicial Proceeding Extension, Electronic Appearances, and Remote Online Notarization:

    HB 4212, an omnibus bill addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, was signed by the Governor on June 30, 2020. Among other issues, the bill provided the Oregon Judicial Department with greater authority in certain circumstances to extend statutory deadlines, both civil and criminal, if the COVID-19 emergency delayed court proceedings. In addition, it extended pre-filing statutory timelines for specific cases. The bill also authorized a pilot project to allow for remote online notarization. To find the statutory language of the three concepts, go to the following sections:

    • Court authority (sections 6, 8)
    • Statute of limitations (sections 7, 8)
    • Remote online notarization (sections 19-35)

    HB 4212 went into effect on June 30, 2020. Issue-specific effective dates and end dates are included within the text of the bill.


    House Bills 4204 and 4213 went into effect on June 30, 2020, during the Oregon Legislature’s First Special Session of 2020.

    • HB 4204 directs lenders to defer both residential and commercial mortgage payments until September 30, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • HB 4213 extends the moratorium on commercial and residential no-cause evictions through September 30, 2020.

    The House Bills above replace the following Executive Orders, which sunset on June 30, 2020.

    Family Law:

    Oregon’s Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee (SFLAC) offers Guidelines for Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • OSB Services

  • CLE Seminars including free and low-cost programs on demand.
  • Legal Ethics FAQs related to COVID-19
  • Professional Liability Fund

  • Visit the PLF website to explore resources, including CLEs, forms, practice aids, handbooks, inBrief newsletter, and inPractice blog.
  • Visit the OAAP website to explore resources, including events, “Thriving Today” blog, and inSight newsletter.
  • National Resources

    Fastcase has created a COVID-19 resources hub

    Law360 is tracking court closures nationally, and has opened its site to all visitors.

    Lawsitesblog provides a list of resources and special offers to support law practice.